Fishing has been important to the economy of Finisterre since ancient times. The Finisterre harbour has one of the busiest ports in Galicia. When you’re here, make sure you visit the fish market where the local fishermen (and ladies) display and sell their catches. The area of Finisterre near the port is vibrant with shops and restaurants overlooking the harbour. You may wish to sit on a patio and try the local seafood delicacy, the shell fish, percebes, which is a barnacle. Another must for your palate is pulpo a la gallega, the renowned Galician octopus dish. If you’re not hungry, you can just relax with a glass of albariño, the Galician white wine. We’re a little ahead of ourselves now. We’ll get to downtown Finisterre really soon.
I left my last post, On The Camino Finisterre in Spain, Cee to Finisterre, after a scenic walk of about two kilometers along the beach, Praia da Langosteira, as we made our way to Cabo Fisterra, Cape Finisterre. Ahead is the smaller Praia de San Roque. Let’s take a better look from the other side…
Ahhh.. yes! An amazing scene with a cruciro overlooking the beach and coastline.
Who is this guy? Yes, a more slender version of my current being. I actually stayed at a charming hotel very close to this spot.
The early part of the town of Finisterre is mostly residential.
There are a few bars and cafés as you walk along the Camino.
This statue that faces the harbour in the aforementioned port area has an important encryption—“Galegos Espallados Polo Mundo” or “Gallegos around the world.” You may not know that the first medieval kingdom in all of Europe was created within Galicia in the early 5th century. The weakening Romans signed a treaty with the Sueves, a group of wandering Germanic peoples first mentioned by Julius Caesar. The Romans retreated Galicia soon after.
A memorial to those lost at sea. The northwest coastline of Galicia is rough, jagged, and treacherous. It’s aptly named Costa da Morte, the Coast of Death. I stayed five nights in Finisterre and this was obviously on a cloudy day.
Convento do Carme
Looking back at the downtown area. You can see a bit of the very small beach, Praia de Riveira, on the left. Now let’s look behind…
This is the castle, Castelo de San Carlos, which was built in the 17th century to defend Finisterre from the French and English. It sat in near ruins for many decades after being heavily damaged during numerous battles. The castle was rebuilt and today, houses a museum dedicated to fishing.
I visited the castle grounds almost every day that I stayed in Finsterre.
I enjoyed this short walk to the castle.
Okay, let’s look again at the Praia de San Roque from earlier in the post but this time, we’re not on the walkway that the Camino follows…
We’re in my hotel room. Now this is truly a room with a view!
If you want a break from the pulpo and seafood, and crave, let’s say, a hamburger, I recommend that you come here. Honestly, when I visited, their hamburgers were among the best I’ve ever had. Anywhere!
I hope you enjoyed this post as we made it to Finisterre. I was very excited to visit this ancient, yet magical and mystical town. Excited enough to spend five nights as I relaxed and wrote after a long journey from St. Jean Pied de Port. On my next post, On The Camino Finisterre in Spain, Finisterre to The End of the World, this time, I promise, I’ll take you to the end of the world. Please join me.
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